Twitter users around the world joined us Tuesday, Feb. 24 for a lively conversation about on-the-ground work in farming communities. Participants shared their stories and examples, and asked our panel of experts questions about Peace Corps and agriculture!
This month’s #AskAg Twitter Chat featured Peace Corps Feed the Future evaluation specialist Danielle Stoermer, agriculture specialist Gordie Mengel, and food and nutrition specialist Eric Anderson. All three answered questions about the Peace Corps' work with Feed the Future and USAID to reduce hunger, poverty and undernutrition around the world.
The Peace Corps trains qualified volunteers to work in local communities around the world, where they immerse themselves for 27 months of service. Many volunteers, particularly those working in the agriculture, environment and health sectors, work to improve food production, engage mothers, and provide support in a variety of ways that ultimately contributes to addressing food security worldwide. Returned volunteers bring their experiences back to the U.S. and share their host country culture with Americans, and many go on to pursue careers in international development. In 2014 alone, almost 2,000 volunteers were serving as Feed the Future Peace Corps Volunteers and they assisted over 38,000 individuals worldwide.
Twitter Accounts to Follow:
Potential Guiding Questions:
- How do you engage a smallholder community to address hunger and malnutrition?
- What successes have you seen in improving productivity and nutrition?
- How do you ensure that project activities are sustained once they are over?
- How do you share best practices with diverse partners?
How to Participate:
- If you are new to Twitter, visit Twitter.com to sign up for an account. (For more tips on getting started, check out our Twitter training.)
- Explore the guiding questions that will be discussed during the chat.
- Join us for discussion by using the hashtag #AskAg and following @Agrilinks.
- You can also follow on Twubs or through the livestream below.